Whaddya Think, Dr. Fink?

Why I Wrote the Book That Everyone Needs to Read

It began innocently. “Why don’t you write food blogs for AFL,” Marge Mendel, my friend and fellow author suggested. It was a great idea. I could write about my favorite eats and not have to count a single calorie. Cholesterol, fat, and guilt-laden goodies filled my imagination like potato chips and M&Ms. My first blogs were about chocolate and ...Read More

Is There Plastic In Your Belly?

Work out. Play. Take it with you and throw it out. What would you do without plastic water bottles? You better really love them. The one you’re drinking from today will still be around in 3019. Plastics are forever. Almost every piece of plastic that’s been manufactured is still with us. It’s everywhere from oceans to mountaintops, rivers to farmla...Read More

Meet the New Kid on the (DIET) Block

Remember the bad old (fun) diets? There was the delicious Twinkies diet and the not-so-delicious diet where you slurped watery cabbage soup for a week. How about Apple Cider Vinegar, Ice Cream, and Cookie (monster) diets? Choose from low-carb, low-calorie to high fiber, high protein.  Don’t forget South Beach, Mediterranean, Zone, Atkins, and the r...Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Supermarket

It’s getting crowded on the third rock from the sun. By mid-century there will be ten billion hungry humans. To feed these billions, crops need to increase by 60-100%. That would require clearing land – mostly rainforests and savannahs, using huge amounts of fertilizer, driving many animal species into extinction, and dangerously raising greenhouse...Read More

Vote with Your Fork! Eating Earth-Healthy

Things have changed. The fork is now mightier than the ballot box. Sounds crazy? Let’s look at some facts about climate change and our food. 1600-page National Climate Assessment concluded that climate change threatens our health by extreme weather, new diseases, more pests and insects, and damage to food and water supplies. The National Academy of...Read More

Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered?

Picture a world without wonton soup, fried rice, and General Tso’s chicken. Imagine no chocolate ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert. Impossible? Think again. According to the Orange Man in the White House, Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax. Fake news. The truth is that the endangered species list is no longer reserved for tigers, pandas, and ...Read More

Do You Have Chocolate on the Brain?

  You’re not alone. One billion people eat chocolate every day. The average American gobbles up to 15 pounds a year or the equivalent of a thanksgiving turkey. The U.S. chocolate industry is worth about $25 billion or roughly the same as the price tag for a southern border wall. I’d rather eat chocolate then fences. What would life be like wi...Read More

Does Your Coffee Have Super Powers?

How many cups of coffee do you drink? According to Statistica, the average American drinks (or sips) 2-3 cups of coffee a day. In a recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine, 50-71 year olds who drank 4-5 cups a day live longer than their non-coffee-drinking peers. Consider these infamous coffee drinkers: President Teddy Roosevelt drank...Read More

What’s for Dinner?

What’s your favorite restaurant? Ancient Greeks and Romans went to thermoplia – small cook shops. 11th century Chinese loved their teahouses. The first “modern” western restaurant was the Parisian Boulanger, established in 1765. Delmonico’s in New York (1827) and Union Oyster House in Boston (1826) both claim to be America’s first restaurant....Read More

Hello . . . It’s Robo Calling

The FBI … is on its way to arrest you. The IRS … is coming to seize your assets for unpaid taxes. A free vacation in paradise …  is waiting for you. Press 1 and you win. Welcome to robocalls – computer-automated messaging. From social security scams to free Walmart gift cards, robocalls invade our lives. Based on present growth ra...Read More

Where Do I Buy It? NOW!

My neighbor yelled at me because I put the garbage out two hours early. The guy behind me in a shiny black Dodge Ram honked at me because I stopped at a stop sign. The woman next in line in the supermarket growled because I was too slow digging out my credit card. Disgraced. Merriam-Webster defines disgraced as a source of shame – losing favor or s...Read More

Chew on This . . . Gently

Remember the good old days of Bazooka bubble gum and corn-on-the-cob? When the tooth fairy liked you? Today many of our 32 permanent choppers have aged into dazzling fake news called crowns, implants, veneers, and bridges. They have fighting names like wisdom (if you still have any), incisors, and canines. We brush, floss, and whiten our treasured ...Read More

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